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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Complete Composure"

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In ancient times it was believed that Tourmaline glowed due to is very own energy, as the stone become electrostatically charged when partaking in friction.

There is an old Egyptian legend that tells the story of how the Tourmaline, when making the long trip from the earth heart up towards the sun, it traveled along a rainbow, and on it’s travels it collected all the colors in the rainbow for its own.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 7.5 with a trigonal crystal structure

Members of the Tourmaline family of minerals have basically the same crystal structure, but occurs in many colors, each with their own name and slightly varied chemical makeup.

  • Red or Pink Tourmalines are called Rubellite, these are the most highly prized.
  • Dark Blue Tourmaline is called Indicolite, an is often heat treated to lighten it’s color and create a more attractive stone.
  • Brown or dark colored Tourmaline is called Dravite, and it’s color is often lightened with heat treating.
  • Colorless Tourmaline is called Achroite, it is particularly rare, but may be produced by heat treating pink Tourmalines.
  • Watermelon Tourmaline are pink in the center and green on the rim, or vise versa.
  • Black iron rich Tourmaline is called Schorl  and it is very common.
  • Yellow Tourmaline or yellow-green is often simply called by its color.
  • Green Tourmaline is called Verdelite. The green form of this stone was often confused with the emerald until the 18th century.

Metaphysical Properties

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All Tourmalines are said to enhance understanding, increase self-confidence and amplify psychic energies. They are told to neutralize negative energies, dispel fear and grief as well as aid in concentration and communication.

Tourmalines are used in an effort to relax the body as well as mind, and to aid in the treatment of infectious diseases, anxiety, blood poisoning, arthritis and heart disease.

Healing Properties

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In general Tourmalines are said to enhance flexibility, objectivity, compassion, happiness, serenity, balance, positive transformation, healing, strength, tolerance and understanding. It is told to be an excellent channeling stone for communication with the higher forces.

One might consider the family of Tourmalines a bit like batteries to ones electromagnetic system. Charge oneself overnight by holding these stones in the hands, by placing them under one’s pillow, or place them on a bedside table pointing towards oneself.

  • Green Tourmaline is said to regulate blood pressure and can strengthen the heart and nervous system. It is also said to stimulate digestion and strengthen the immune system.
  • Black is said to protect one against high radiation, and has a positive effect on the body’s loco motor system, while strengthening musculature.
  • Blue Tourmaline is told to combat water-retention, promote detoxification of the entire body, strengthen the immune system, as well as reducing throat and bronchial infections.
  • Watermelon Tourmaline is said to alleviate pain, protect the nerve cells and strengthen the immune system.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Various (see below)
Element: Various (see below)
Planet: Venus & Mars
Venus & Mars
Powers: Love, Friendship, Peace, Courage & Astral Projection
Candle Color: Pink

Each color of this stone holds it’s own magical attributes, some crystals possess two or three hues, so read carefully.

  • Pink (energy: receptive, element: water) this stone draws love and friendship, to be worn to promote sympathy towards others.
  • Red (energy, projective, element: fire) is worn to lend more energy to the body promote courage and strengthen the will; it is also to be used in protection rituals.
  • Green (energy: receptive, element: earth) Use this stone to draw money and success in business, it is worn to stimulate one’s creativity.
  • Blue (energy: receptive, element: water) this stone is best worn for peace and restful sleep as well as to de-stress.
  • Black (energy: receptive, element: earth) this hue is used for grounding purposes and as to represent the earth in spells relating to that element. It is protective, and it absorbs negativity when charged for that purpose through visualization.
  • Watermelon (energy: projective and receptive, element: fire and water) this gemstone is worn to balance the male and female energies within one’s body, it is also a love stone and works best for this purposed when used by one who is balanced.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Libra

Associations: Venus

Birthstone: Alternative Modern Birthstone for the month of October, Traditional Birthstone for the month of October, Anniversary Stone for the 8th Year.

To dream of Tourmaline means one needs to be watchful of unexpected and potential dangers.

Chakra Properties

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Specifically green, pink, red and watermelon Tourmaline are for work on the 4th, or Heart Chakra, Black on the 1st, Root/Base Chakra, and Blue on the 5th, Throat Chakra.

Other tourmalines would be associated with the Chakra of their coloring.


Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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